Griffin Stenzel’s review published on Letterboxd:
one of my favorite things about Studio Ghibli is how perfectly they capture the feeling of childhood imagination. all these films are able to replicate those feelings even when you’re older and life starts to lose its sparkle.
this movie in particular reminds me of that feeling when the world can shift around you as you play, as the reality falls into the background like a flurry of muffled sounds and colors. you’re not just walking in around in your backyard a stick- you’re roaming distant lands, searching for dragons and treasure. a piece of cardboard isn’t just a piece of cardboard- it’s a flying airplane and giant boat. the floor isn’t marble anymore- you really do try to avoid lava.
I’m grateful for this studio because it lets me feel that kind of magic again, even in my toughest moments. for all of these movies’ reminders of the gravity of reality, they manage to wrap you up in a warm blanket of comfort and pat you on the head and let you know everything will be okay.